Sunday, March 5, 2017

What's the Best Parenting Advice You've Ever Gotten?


At my first MOPS meeting, yes the one mentioned here, we played an ice breaker. This was much less painful that the ice breakers you might remember from college or internships. We passed around a bowl with several questions in it, every lady took a question, read it out loud and answered it.

I loved the question I got and thought I'd share my answer.

The question: What's the best parenting advice you've ever received?

This might make people laugh a little bit. I'm sure we've received some TERRIBLE advice. I'm talking about the relative that tells you to put whiskey on a teething baby's gums. Or you might receive the same advice over and over. Cue: "sleep when the baby sleeps."

But I knew exactly what my answer would be. The head pediatrician in town came to talk to our birthing class one night and I thought his advice was the best.

"Use your common sense."

How's that for simple and straightforward? When you're running on little sleep, tasked with keeping a tiny, helpless human alive and a fever strikes, common sense can go right out the window. 

But it's absolutely true. If something seems bad, out of the ordinary or like it needs immediate attention, it probably does. 

Now, to a first time mom, everything seems like that. But when I stopped to think about it, do I call the doctor when I have a little fever? 

I try to remind myself of this advice every day and hope to never forget it.

What's the best parenting advice you've ever received?

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